Buried at tackle. When Lewan went out, Schofield slid to LT and Magnuson moved to RT. Really gives you the warm and fuzzies about next year when both tackles are gone.
Another much hyped off-season guy that has fallen by the wayside. I`m of the firm belief that the coaches hype up guys in the media to try to give them confidence.
He's a freaking RS Freshman is he not? Yet, because he hasn't seen the field he's fallen by the wayside? Really?
Wasn't Magnussen the more highly rated tackle from that class anyways? Wouldn't there be more concern if Braden had passed Mags on the depth chart? Where exactly is Braden supposed to be since he has apparently fallen by the wayside? If you look on the depth chart for LT, Schofield is listed as the backup and Mags/Braden are behind him and at RT, Mags is the backup to Schofield with Braden behind Mags. Where is the shame of being 'buried' behind a damn good prospect like Mags?
No, it's not because he hasn't seen the field. It's because he went from starter at guard to apparently 4th on the depth chart at tackle. According to the coaches and players, Braden was ahead of even Kyle Kalis through the spring and summer (and physically FAR ahead of Mags). Fall camp is where he apparently disappeared, to the point where Al Borges said he wasn't working out at guard and we'd moved him back to tackle. I really could care less about where Mags was rated vs. Braden. The coaches put Braden ahead, Braden started the spring game, no Mags. Now he's moved to tackle and is no where to be seen (not exactly surprising considering he spent all of spring and half of fall practicing at guard and not tackle.
I've realized now that "red shirt freshman" has become the term people use to try to make guys seem younger than they really are. Braden is a 2nd year player, as is Mags and the other members of the 2012 O-line class. Whether teams like it or not, they have to get production out of 2nd year players in addition to their juniors and seniors. Nearly every team in the country is relying on a 2nd year player on their offensive line (if not younger)
Here are some examples from a quick perusing of the top 25
LSU-Jerald Hawkins (class of 2012), Vadal Alexander (class of 2012)
O$U- Taylor Decker (class of 2012)
Texas A&M-Germain Ifedi (class of 2012)
Louisville-Abraham Garcia (class of 2012)
UCLA-Simon Goines (class of 2012), Caleb Benenoch (class of 2013
), Alex Redmond (class of 2013
Miami-Ereck Flowers (class of 2012)
South Carolina-Clayton Stadnik (class of 2012)
Mizzou-Evan Boehm (class of 2012)
Florida-D.J. Humphries(class of 2012)
Auburn-Patrick Miller (class of 2012), Alex Kozan (class of 2012)
10 of the current top 25 teams are starting kids from the same 2012 class as we are, some are starting multiple. Some, like UCLA are starting multiple TRUE FRESHMAN (plus a true sophomore). UCLA btw, is 21st in the country in rushing. The fact of the matter is, other schools are getting more out of their younger players, faster than we are. Most of the those teams don't have the luxury of 2 senior tackles and a top 10 draft pick anchoring the LT spot.
Meanwhile in Ann Arbor..........